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Amendment

 

January Session, 2009

LCO No. 8200

   
 

*SB0049908200HRO*

Offered by:

 

REP. CHAPIN, 67th Dist.

 

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 499

File No. 467

Cal. No. 591

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. Section 22-344b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2009):

(a) A pet shop licensee shall, prior to offering a dog or cat for sale and thereafter at intervals of fifteen days until such dog or cat is sold, provide for examination of such dog or cat by a veterinarian licensed under chapter 384. [The] Such licensee shall maintain a record of the veterinary services rendered for each dog or cat offered for sale.

(b) If, (1) within [fifteen] twenty days of sale, any such dog or cat becomes ill or dies of any illness, [which existed in such dog or cat at the time of the sale] or (2) within six months of sale, any such dog or cat is diagnosed with a congenital defect, such licensee shall, at the option of the consumer, replace the dog or cat or refund in full the purchase price of such dog or cat: [(1)] (A) In the case of illness or congenital defect, upon return of the dog or cat to the pet shop and the receipt of a certificate from a veterinarian licensed under chapter 384 and selected by the consumer, stating that the dog or cat is ill from a condition which existed at the time of sale or suffers from a congenital defect, and [(2)] (B) in the case of death, the receipt of a certificate from a veterinarian licensed under [said] chapter 384 and selected by the consumer, stating that the dog or cat died from a congenital defect or from an illness which existed at the time of sale. Any costs for services and medications provided by a licensed veterinarian incurred by the consumer for such illness or congenital defect shall be reimbursed to the consumer by such licensee in an amount not to exceed [two] five hundred dollars. The presentation of such certificate shall be sufficient proof to claim reimbursement or replacement and the return of such deceased dog or cat to the pet shop shall not be required. No such refund or replacement shall be made if such illness or death resulted from maltreatment or neglect by a person other than the licensee, his or her agent or employee.

(c) A licensee who violates any provision of this section shall forfeit to the state a sum not to exceed five hundred dollars for each animal which is the subject of the violation. The Attorney General, upon complaint of the commissioner, may institute a civil action in the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford to recover the forfeiture specified in this section.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 22-339b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2009):

(a) Any owner or keeper of a dog or cat of the age of three months or older shall have such dog or cat vaccinated against rabies. Any animal vaccinated prior to one year of age or receiving a primary rabies vaccine at any age shall be considered protected for only one year and shall be given a booster vaccination one year after the initial vaccination and shall be vaccinated at least every three years thereafter. Those animals revaccinated after one year of age shall be given booster vaccinations at least every three years thereafter. Proof of vaccination shall be a certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian in accordance with subsection (a) of section 22-339c. A licensed veterinarian, upon request of the Chief Animal Control Officer, any animal control officer, municipal animal control officer or regional animal control officer, shall submit to such officer a copy of such certificate and any associated rabies vaccination records for such dog or cat that has bitten a person or another animal."

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2009

22-344b

Sec. 2

October 1, 2009

22-339b(a)